Just wanting to get out to enjoy the sun, we headed to Lowry Nature Center to see what colors we could find. We wound up taking a short 3.5 mile erratic loop around the nature preserve and encountered quite a few nice little surprises.
The parking lot was packed so I was expecting a noisy walk, but most people were in a different area, taking pictures of a couple of swans. Good for us! We made a clockwise loop from the nature center, usually taking the left-hand trail at intersections until we wound up where we started.
Right away, the buzzing of bees collecting the last of the summer's nectar brought us to their hive. Many years ago, we brought our sons here and one of them got to wear a bee suit and help collect honey. It's nice to see this bee colony is still active.
The trail traversed open meadows, skirted marsh, and crunched over many hills covered in bright yellow maples. If yellow isn't a fun color for you, then this certainly isn't the place to visit!
There weren't many animals out since so many people were out on the trails, but we did get to visit with an old owl. He has lived here for 14 years, since he was hit by a car and rescued. Normally, he'd be released to the wild after recuperating but his blind eye meant he'd most likely not survive.
A new living area for this owl and room for a few more birds is just being constructed. It looks great and will be yet another glimpse of nature for folks visiting this nice preserve.
The trail here is all wood chip, but today was completely covered in many areas with crunchy maple and oak leafs. Not much in the way of hills, and plenty of miles to wander around. Picnic tables and benches sporadically dot the path with nice views of lakes, marshes, and meadows.
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Here is the trail route and a few photos. When you click on the thumbnail pics, a larger picture is displayed, but using the link above to open a larger map works much better.
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A very cool thing for me to find on this walk was a Knot Board created as an Eagle Scout project by a local Boy Scout troop. It's an interactive, self-directed way for visitors to practice knots and lashings. I really liked the rough wood and natural look of the display, plus it's close to the Nature Discovery area where kids can build shelters out of logs, sticks, leafs, and whatever else they find in the area. It's just a part of the woods set aside where it's OK to build and get dirty.
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Oct 24, 2014 - Ayhan Bhuiyan
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